President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travelled to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Friday to witness the ceremonial return of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The four died on Tuesday during an attack at the U.S. Consulate.
Secretary Clinton gave some personal information about each of the dead, saying Tyrone Woods had the “hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior.” He leaves behind a wife and three sons. Sean Smith was an expert in technology and leaves behind his wife and two young children. Glen Doherty was a former Navy Seal and paramedic who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama remarked, “I know that this awful loss and terrible images of recent days, the pictures we’re seeing again today have caused some to question this work. And there’s no doubt these are difficult days. In moments such as this, so much anger and violence, even the most hopeful among us must wonder. Amid all the images this week, I also think of the Libyans who took to the streets with homemade signs expressing their gratitude to an American who believed in what we could achieve together.” The sign said, Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans. He went on to say, “That America’s a friend. And that we care not just about our own country, not just our own interests, but theirs.”
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